Developing planning skills among young scouts
Elizabeth Batson (Elizabeth_B2@VERIFONE.COM)
Tue, 11 Aug 1998 10:42:35 -0700
OK, that quarterly Howdy Scouters posting convinced me to speak up -
I am leading a troop of 10 going-into third grade Brownies - I have been
working with them since kindergarden. My big goal this year is get them
much more involved in planning and executing their own activities. Last
year they voted on the Try-it (badges) they wanted to work on and then a I
formed a "Try-It committee" of 2-3 girls and their parents to plan and lead
one each. The result - the parents did 95% of the work (I have wonderful,
supportive parents) - great for me, since I just had check in with them to
make sure something was planned but this year I want the girls to do more.
The big problem - planning takes so much time - we only meet for 2 hours
every other week. They did do too planning activities as a troop - for
first they split into three groups and each planned one meal for an
overnight. For a Sports Try-It, they voted on three ball sports, divided
into groups and then planned activities to teach skills for that sport to
our k-1 troop. I was really proud of how well they did - the problem was it
just takes a tremendous amount of time. I'm afraid that if we spend too
much troop time planning, the meetings won't be fun. On the other hand, if
I ask them to do outside of the meeting time it either won't be done or will
be done by parents.
Other constraints - we are a Jewish troop and meet on Sundays after
religious school - the girls go to different schools all over the community.
Sunday is really the only day we can schedule anything since Saturday is the
Sabbath and after school the girls have other activities and/or day care if
both parents are working. Also, whatever I do, I don't want to have devote
TOO much more of my own time - I do need to time for things like work,
chores and family.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City